ETFC, AMTD: ETrade, TD Ameritrade Stock Tank on ‘Rigged Market’ Fallout

by Christopher Freeburn | April 4, 2014 11:42 am

ETFC, AMTD: ETrade, TD Ameritrade Stock Tank on ‘Rigged Market’ Fallout

Online brokerage stocks were hammered on Friday as investors digested claims of manipulated equities trading. E*Trade Financial (ETFC[1]) stock fell more than 6%, while AmeriTrade (AMTD[2]) shares sank more than 3%.

NYSE traders trading floor watch 630 flickr 300x200 ETFC, AMTD: ETrade, TD Ameritrade Stock Tank on Rigged Market Fallout[3]
Source: Flickr[4]

ETFC and AMTD stock fell after Charles Schwab (SCHW[5]) posted a message on its website on Thursday describing high-frequency trading[6] as a “growing cancer than needs to be addressed.” SCHW stock fell more than 3% on Friday.

In the message, SCHW said that it has monitored the rise of high-frequency trading with “great concern” and complained that the practice “has run amok and is corrupting our capital market system by creating an unleveled playing field for individual investors and driving the wrong incentives for our commodity and equities exchanges. “

SCHW mentioned Flash Boys, a new book by Wall Street reporter Michael Lewis, which alleges that major banks and trading houses use high-frequency trades[7] to manipulate U.S. markets and produce huge profits.

ETFC stock closed at $22.11 on Thursday. Over the past year, ETFC stock has gained more than 115%. AMTD and SCHW shares have both climbed more than 60 over the past 12 months.

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Endnotes:
  1. ETFC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ETFC
  2. AMTD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AMTD
  3. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/NYSE_traders_trading_floor_watch_630_flickr.jpg
  4. Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25487665@N04/
  5. SCHW: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SCHW
  6. describing high-frequency trading: http://www.aboutschwab.com/press/issues/
  7. major banks and trading houses use high-frequency trades: http://investorplace.com/2014/03/michael-lewis-stock-market-rigged-high-frequency-trading/#.Uz7QrV5hOf0
  8. Why I Believe Markets Are Rigged: http://investorplace.com/2014/04/markets-quihu-jazz-spy-iwm/
  9. VIDEO: Rigged Markets, FB and the Tech Final Four: http://investorplace.com/2014/04/fb-tech-final-four/
  10. The Heyday of HFT Is in the Rear-View: http://investorplace.com/2014/04/hft-iex-michael-lewis/

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